Reading The Bible, Are You Confused?

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Have you ever started out with intentions to write about one thing, but then God takes you in a totally opposite direction?  That is what has happened this morning.  Actually, when I think about it, this occurs quite often.  But, this morning, someone must need to read about reading the Bible.  So that will be the topic of this post.

reading the Bible

Recently, I have had several people tell me that they don’t read the Bible because “it is so confusing!”  Everyone has their own ‘take’ on the Bible.  Everyone interprets differently.  But, I believe that reading the Bible is like anything else in life…the more time you spend reading and learning, the more you will understand and in turn, the closer to God you will become.   I have found that the Bible is not necessarily written in chronological order, nor does it always refer to happenings occurring on earth.  Sometimes, it requires that you jump back and forth between different chapters and versus to get the full meaning of what you are reading.   Keeping that in mind, we must also realize that the Bible is our guide, or instruction, book from God.  It is not a book that you can ‘breeze’ through one time around and be done.  It is meant to be read on a daily basis, and to be read and re-read, Book after Book.   Through reading the Bible, we learn what God expects of us and what we can expect from God.  The Bible is filled with stories, hope, love,  prophesies, and promises given to those who choose to believe in Jesus Christ as their Savior.  Please note that I am not suggesting that reading the Bible is your guaranteed entrance to heaven.  There are many who know the Bible verse for verse but have not received Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.  There is more to salvation than reading the Bible, BUT once you have made the decision to follow Christ, reading the Bible WILL bring you closer to God as you learn about who He is, what He has done, is doing, and will do.

reading the Bible

Some may be asking how do I go about getting started in reading the Bible?  That is one of the easiest questions to answer!  Just DO IT!!  There is no right or wrong way.  Many will recommend beginning with the Book of John in the New Testament.  Some will recommend using an NIV or NLT Bible.  I believe that the King James Version is the most authentic and any other Biblical version of scripture should be compared to the King James.

reading the Bible

Before you begin to read, ask God to give you the understanding and knowledge you need to receive His Holy Word.  Start with a passage, and study the words.  There are numerous study guides on-line at your disposal to help you along.  Keep a pad of paper accessible for questions you may have during your study.  Hopefully, you have someone from church, or a friend that can help you find the answers to your questions.  Don’t be afraid to jot down a note or two in the margin of your Bible.  Your Bible will become your solace.  Over time, you will find yourself turning more and more to your Bible for answers.  There will be times when you find God leading you to a particular passage in the Bible that relates directly to your present circumstances.  It is truly amazing how God works within us!

reading the Bible

Don’t be shy!  Search out Bible study groups in your area and participate.  If you don’t feel comfortable in a group of people you don’t know, gather a small group of friends for an evening study.  Even a study between two people is beneficial.  Any time that you have the opportunity to discuss the Bible among others brings increased knowledge and understanding.

Does the Bible address ‘reading the Bible’ ?  You bet it does!  You will find verse after verse referring to the word of God and its importance in our life!

Hebrews 4:12-13Hebrews 4:12-13
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12 For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. 13 Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in his sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of him with whom we have to do.  

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12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between join and marrow.  It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  13 Nothing in all creation is hidden from God.  Everything is naked and exposed before his eyes, and he is the one to whom we are accountable.

Other verses relating to knowing God’s word are: 2 Timothy 3:16-172 Timothy 3:16-17
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16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. throughly...: or, perfected  

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; Psalm 119:105Psalm 119:105
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NUN. 105 Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. lamp: or, candle  

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; Matthew 4:4Matthew 4:4
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4 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.  

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; Joshua 1:8Joshua 1:8
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8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. have...: or, do wisely  

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; Romans 15:4Romans 15:4
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4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.  

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;  Psalm 1:2Psalm 1:2
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2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night.  

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; 1 Timothy 4:131 Timothy 4:13
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13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.  

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;  Psalm 119:10-11Psalm 119:10-11
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10 With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments. 11 Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.  

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; 2 Timothy 2:152 Timothy 2:15
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15 Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  

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; 1 Timothy 4:5-6; 21 Timothy 4:5-6; 2
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5 For it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. 6 If thou put the brethren in remembrance of these things, thou shalt be a good minister of Jesus Christ, nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine, whereunto thou hast attained. 2 1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; exhort: or, desire 2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. authority: or, eminent place 3 For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; 4 Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; 6 Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time. to...: or, a testimony 7 Whereunto I am ordained a preacher, and an apostle, a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and verity. 8 I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting. 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; broided: or, plaited 10 But with good works. 11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. 15 Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.  

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Timothy 2:7 to list just a few.

Written by Mary Hudak-Collins

Mary Hudak-Collins

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